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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Where I Find True Freedom

In review of John 8:36 it says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Bottom Line:
If the Son sets you free, you are truly free

What this means to me:
Because I believe in Him, Jesus has truly set me free. The world around me defines freedom as a life without any restraint or hassles: "I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say without anybody telling me what to do." With this perception, everybody else may get burned, but I’d get to do it my own way. In essence the world says that I can have my freedom, but only by being totally selfish. Yet, the Bible tells me that the only way to true freedom is through Jesus: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV). Real freedom is to have freedom from fear, where I will be truly free from guilt, worry, bitterness, and death. I’m also free to quit pretending, because I’m free to be myself. I can get rid of guilt, worry, bitterness and fear of death by letting God love me. The apostle John teaches that, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18a). I’m glad that I realize how much God loves me. I’m truly able to live in freedom. In fact, I worship God when I recognize that “God is love.” It is truly an act of worship to agree that he is a loving, caring, generous God and that I can “rely on the love God has for me” (1 John 4:16a). With my recent illness and how he is healing me, I can see where God continues to show his love for me. I can express my freedom in Christ by truly being myself and who he made me to be. I don’t need to act or pretend, I can just reflect the love and care the God gives me in all my interactions with others.